By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, Oct 27: Sarawak governor Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud praised the Orang Ulu community for their spirit of openness in embracing development opportunities.
Taib said speedy development could be achieved when the community remains committed to greater openness.
“Their spirit of openness in embracing development has created more opportunities,” he opined.
Taib made these remarks during the Orang Ulu National Association (OUNA) dinner on Saturday night at a hotel here.
He added, the community’s succeess in various professional fields has set a good example for other races in Sarawak to emulate.
Taib also called on the Orang Ulu to strengthen unity with other races.
He added, stronger ties between all communities would help created a stronger multiracial society in Sarawak.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg reiterated that the state government will develop Sarawak using its own mould.
Abang Johari’s text-of-speech was read out by Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
“Sarawak will not total depend on the national policy, because Sarawakians have the talent to bring the state forward to achieve a developed state status by 2030,” he said.
The state government, he stressed, would give focus to four strategic thrusts under the coming 12th Malaysia Plan.
These thrusts are modern farming; tourism and services; infrastructure development including developing 5G connectivity; and education.
Abang Johari added, political stability would allow the state to focus on planning and implementing these plans in the interests of the people.
Also present were Taib’s wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib, Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Native Lands and Regional Development Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, Sarawak Baitulmal general manager Datu Abang Mohd Shibli Abang Mohd Nailie, Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau and OUNA president DAto Dr Abu Bakar Abdullah @Tom Belarek.
Nearly 300 OUNA members attended the event. — DayakDaily